Getting motivated to accomplish a goal may be easy, but it is staying motivated is a different matter entirely. Motivation often feels like an elusive shadow that can leave you as soon as the sun goes down or it is 5 a.m. and time to run. Sometimes it feels like we can never quite hold on to motivation long enough to accomplish what we set out to do.
Since we are all motivated differently, finding out what motivates you can be the difference between success for failure. Some are born with that inner conviction that provides them with all the motivation they need, while others need something external, a person pushing them forward, reward for sweating it out or still others need a deadline to keep them pressing forward.
Here are a few ideas to help you keep your motivation strong and your success rate high.
- Don’t make excuses for yourself. It is sometimes easy to let ourselves off the hook when life gets a little busy, or circumstances change, interrupting our goals but the reality is…life happens. If you give yourself a way out each time it gets inconvenient to keep up with your goals, it gets easier and easier to do so. Accepting no excuses will keep you on track.
- Get accountable. Many people make the mistake of “going it alone with their goals. This is a recipe for disaster especially if you are not highly self-motivated. Find someone who will hold your feet to the fire and not let you back down from your goals or make excuses when you miss the mark.
- Stop and check your progress periodically, and celebrate the small successes. When you reach a milestone in your goal, take the time to celebrate your achievement. Pat yourself on the back and then put your shoulder to the wheel once again.
- Believe in yourself and don’t let past experience dictate future outcomes. Just because you failed once or twice doesn’t mean you will fail again. Not everyone makes it to the top of the mountain on the first try, you only fail if you quit trying.